According to Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, Obi-Wan Kenobi may appear in Star Wars Episodes VIII or IX before getting his own movie.
Fans hoping for an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone Star Wars movie shouldn’t give up hope for it yet.
On an episode of Rebel Force Radio, a Star Wars fan podcast, Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican said he heard rumors which imply Lucasfilm has not forgotten Kenobi (via Cinemablend).
According to Breznican, the reason Lucasfilm has not announced a Kenobi movie is that they plan on bringing the character back to the saga movies in Episode VIII or IX.
"Um, I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven’t moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they’re not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Obi-Wan thing happen beyond Episode IX."
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Saving Obi-Wan’s standalone movie for after Episode IX is a smart move. If the character is going to cameo in Episode VIII or IX as a Force ghost, audiences will be reminded of who he is and be familiar with him again by the time his own film is announced. Moreover, if Kenobi is revealed in VIII or IX to be related to any of the new sequel trilogy characters (like Rey), his film will be able to build on that story thread.
Of course, there is no reason to assume Lucasfilm is going to make a Kenobi standalone movie at all. I think it’s likely to happen, however, because of how many fans want it. Additionally, Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy, said many times he would like to return to the Star Wars galaxy in his own movie.
This means, however, we won’t get a Kenobi movie until after 2019 when Episode IX premieres. But if nothing else, we can still hope for Obi-Wan to appear as a Force ghost within the next one to three years.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is slated to premiere in theaters in December 2017.